Lavender Graduation

History of Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation ceremonies have a rich history and began with the first Lavender Graduation at the University of Michigan in 1995. The first Lavender Graduation ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, the Director of the Lesbian and Gay Programs Office at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sanlo, who had been denied admittance to her children’s commencement ceremonies because of her sexuality, realized there were no recognition ceremonies to honor the lives and achievements of Queer and Trans students. With the extra stress and pressure placed upon Queer and Trans college students, Lavender Graduation ceremonies are an important rite of passage that offer recognition and inspiration to students. Lavender Graduation ceremonies are open to all graduates, those within the Queer and Trans communities and their allies. The tradition is continued today at hundreds of institutions across the nation and the Pride Alliance is honored to add UNT’s name to that list.

Lavender Graduation, Spring and Summer 2022

Image contains a graduation cap and sprigs of lavender on a yellow back ground, as well as the Pride Alliance and Women’s & Gender Studies diving eagle logos. Text reads: Lavender Graduation Spring 2022. Saturday, April 30. 10:00AM. Union 314C. Grads Register: tinyurl.com/LavGradRegS22. Attendees: tinyurl.com/LavGradGuestS22. Please contact the pride Alliance at pridealliance@unt.edu and/or 940.565.2589 if you need an accommodation to fully participate in an event because of a disability. For voice access, dial 1-800-relaytx (735-2989). Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Join us in recognizing our graduates at Lavender Graduation, a collaboration of the Pride Alliance, Women's & Gender Studies, and the LGBTQ Studies Minor. Registration for this event is open to all UNT undergraduate and graduate students who have applied for Spring and Summer Graduation 2022.

The ceremony will be hosted by the Pride Alliance and Women's & Gender Studies and held on Saturday, April 30 in University Union 314C, on the Denton campus. Seating for the event will begin at 9:30 A.M. and the ceremony will begin at 10:00 A.M.

Participants are encouraged to invite family, friends, significant others, professors, mentors, etc. to attend the ceremony. The ceremony will include recognition of the graduates, presentation of certificates, stoles, tassels, and awards, and a reception with refreshments. Further information will be provided once you have completed the registration. We welcome any students, faculty, staff, and community members to attend to celebrate our graduates.

Please contact the Pride Alliance at pridealliance@unt.edu and/or 940.565.2589 if you need an accommodation to fully participate in an event because of a disability. For voice access, dial 1-800-RELAYTX (735-2989). Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.